Get Involved

Columbia Health encourages students from across the University to get involved by volunteering as educators and advocates. Find an opportunity below.

Do you believe in advocacy? Looking to develop your coaching skills? Are you passionate about helping individuals navigate their health and well-being?

Alice! Health Promotion is recruiting volunteers to serve as Well-being Advocates! Graduate students from across the university and affiliates are welcome to apply. During your tenure, Advocates will gain invaluable coaching experience and become a Certified Wellness & Health Coach! Well-being Advocates provide 1:1 support to students through the Wellness Coaching program at Columbia Health. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Currently enrolled graduate student at Columbia University or affiliates
  • Committed to at least 1 year of service (Fall 2022- Spring 2023)

Timeline:

  • March 1 - March 31, 2022: Application open
  • April 2022: Advocate interviews
  • May 2022: Offers go out to selected advocates
  • Summer 2022: Advocate training; specific dates will be determined once new advocate cohort is selected.

Apply to be a Well-being Advocate

Join us at a virtual information session to learn more about what it means to be a Well-being Advocate! Click the link below to register for an info session.

What is wellness coaching?

Wellness Coaching is an evidence-based practice that takes a positive approach to personal development through centering individual strengths, values, and motivations to support behavior change(s) via a collaborative and non-judgmental partnership. Wellness Coaching is available to any currently enrolled Columbia University student at the Morningside and Manhattanville Campus.

Gay Health Advocacy Project advocates are student volunteers trained to address a broad range of issues pertaining to sexual and emotional health. Advocates provide information about the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as the psychological factors connected to these issues.

New advocate recruitment and training takes place each year in the fall semester. Students from all of Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as affiliate institutions, are welcome to apply. 

Questions? Call us at (212) 854-6655 or email [email protected].

Peer advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment, and referrals to on- and off-campus resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options. Peer advocates receive 40 hours of training and are supervised by advisers at Columbia and Barnard.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a peer advocate, apply online.

Peer educators with the Sexual Violence Response program are students of all gender identities committed to preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and to educating their peers about healthy relationships and sexuality. Peer educators participate in 40 hours of training to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence
  • Hone facilitation techniques
  • Learn presentation skills

They also participate in continuing education to refine these skills.

Peer educators facilitate interactive workshops and discussions both on- and off-campus, plan events for sexual assault and relationship violence awareness months, and engage in community outreach.

Peer educators provide the University community with information about:

  • Sexual violence and relationship abuse
  • Campus services available for survivors and co-survivors
  • Positive ways to communicate about sex
  • Social and cultural norms that can contribute to violence
  • How to create a safe and supportive environment that does not tolerate sexual violence

Request a workshop for your team with our peer educators by completing the online Sexual Violence Response workshop request form.

Apply to become a peer educator by completing the peer educator application.

For more information, contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-4357.

The Student Health Advisory Committee acts as a liaison between the Columbia student body and the six departments and offices of Columbia Health:

  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Disability Services
  • Insurance and Immunization Compliance
  • Medical Services and Gay Health Advocacy Project
  • Sexual Violence Response

The committee has three primary goals:

  1. To facilitate communication between students and Columbia Health administration and personnel
  2. To establish an active link to the student community for Columbia Health information and activities
  3. To involve students in the planning and implementation of student health-related programs and services

Who serves on the committee?

The Student Health Advisory Committee is comprised of Columbia students and works with the Columbia Health leadership team to determine committee priorities and initiatives. The committee includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Various student groups, organizations, and representatives from student government are members of the committee. Members are expected to attend committee meetings and maintain a high level of engagement with the committee.

When does the committee meet?

The committee holds monthly meetings during the academic year To find out when the next committee meeting will be held, email [email protected].

How does someone become a committee member?

If you are interested in joining the committee as a member, or have any questions about membership expectations, email [email protected].

Questions or concerns?

For questions or to bring a concern to the attention of the committee, email [email protected].

Student Employment Opportunities

Be a valuable part of Columbia Health programs, services, and initiatives. We have opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including work-study.